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Komprise Survey Finds 65 Percent of IT Leaders Are Investing in Unstructured Data Analytics

The second annual report on unstructured data management shows growing adoption of cloud NAS and demand for end-user and departmental self-service in the cloud.

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Komprise, a leader in analytics-driven unstructured data management and mobility, has announced the results of its second annual industry survey. A key takeaway is the shift from driving storage efficiencies to delivering data services in the cloud, including the ability to leverage file and object data in cloud analytics tools for new value and competitive gain.

The Komprise 2022 Unstructured Data Management Report examines unstructured data management challenges and opportunities in enterprise IT organizations. Participants reported on topics from how much data they are managing to cloud data priorities and future approaches to unstructured data management.

Highlights of the Report

Challenges and Trends

  • More than 50% percent of organizations are managing 5 PB of data or more of data, compared with less than 40% percent in 2021.
  • Nearly 68% percent are spending more than 30% percent of their IT budget on data storage, backups, and disaster recovery.
  • Nearly half (47 percent) will invest in cloud network attached storage (NAS), followed by cloud object storage (43 percent)
  • On-premises only data storage environments decreased from 20 percent to 11.9 percent
  • The largest obstacle to unstructured data management (42 percent) is moving data without disrupting users and applications

Goals and Plans

  • A majority (65 percent) of organizations plan to or are already investing in delivering unstructured data to their new analytics/big data platforms
  • The top goal (43 percent) is to adopt new storage and cloud technologies without incurring extra licensing penalties and costs
  • After cutting costs, the second highest expected benefit of cloud data migrations is to improve self-service for end users and departments (43 percent)
  • The leading new approach to unstructured data management is the ability to initiate and execute data workflows (43 percent)
  • Expanding use cases for unstructured data management include protecting sensitive data (63 percent) followed by allowing users to search and run analytics (41 percent) and enabling data deletion policies (35 percent)

“After cutting costs, IT leaders are motivated to improve self-service for end users and departments by moving more data to the cloud,” said Krishna Subramanian, co-founder, COO, and president of Komprise. “In unstructured data management, self-service typically refers to the ability for authorized users outside of data storage disciplines to easily search, tag, enrich, and move data to new tools and services through automation. This delivers faster time to value for users looking to leverage vast unstructured data stores for new insights and revenue-generating activities, by using cloud data lakes and analytics platforms.”

The Komprise 2022 Unstructured Data Management Report summarizes the responses of 300 enterprise storage IT decision makers at companies with more than 1,000 employees in the United States and in the U.K. All respondents are IT director level or above.

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